How Does cPanel Hosting Function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We categorically are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience Number Three: An utter shortage of domain administration menus
Do we have to cite the complete shortage of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...